Abi Bush

Abi works as Technical Advisor for Field Ready, an NGO seeking to revolutionize the delivery of aid through local manufacturing. In 2016 she headed Field Ready’s operations in Nepal, working through numerous partnerships with NGO’s, maker spaces and industrial scale manufacturers to investigate how local manufacturing can best benefit the earthquake response.

Sessions with Abi Bush

Alastair Reynolds

Alastair Reynolds was born in Wales, UK, in 1966. After studying astronomy in Newcastle and St Andrews, he took up a research position at ESA in Noordwijk, and remained in the Netherlands until 2008. During that time he broke into novel publishing and has now written some sixteen novels, as well as more than sixty short stories, all of which are science fiction and most of which draw on his twin fascinations of space and the future. He has been nominated for the Hugo and Clarke awards several times, and has won the Locus, BSFA, Sidewise and Seiun awards. He now lives back in Wales, where he continues to write, as well as enjoying art, walking, astronomy and studying guitar. Recently he joined the science fiction advisory panel of the XPRIZE organisation.

Photo: Josette Sanchez-Reynolds

Sessions with Alastair Reynolds

Alex Pazaitis

Alexandros (Alex) Pazaitis is Research Fellow at the P2P Lab, an interdisciplinary research hub, community-driven makerspace and spin-off of the Ragnar Nurkse Department and the P2P Foundation. Alex is involved in numerous research activities, including scholarly papers and research and innovation projects. He has professional experience in project management and has worked as a consultant for private and public organizations. His research interests include technology governance; innovation policy; digital commons; open cooperativism and the blockchain.

Sessions with Alex Pazaitis

Alp Toker

Alp Toker is founder of internet shutdown watchdog Turkey Blocks and chief technologist at TVHI Media Lab, the R&D group behind NewsKit, a suite of secure publishing, verification and investigative tools for journalists.
Alp is currently heading up development of a technology platform that can detect and classify mass-scale social media censorship and internet restrictions in real-time to identify emerging threats to media freedom and freedom of expression online.
Alp studied Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh and coordinates research on immersive storytelling, Virtual Reality and algorithmic journalism as part of his work at the lab. Over the last year he has run workshops with Reporters Without Borders, Freedom House and Columbia School of Journalism, writing and reporting for international news outlets on the intersection of conflict and cyber-security and working to enable the free and independent exchange of information online.

Sessions with Alp Toker

Anja Hertenberger

Anja Hertenberger is an artist and researcher. The research she does is visible in interactive installations, performance art and e-textiles. Her current research theme is Intuition and Sensibility in relation to soft-electronics and sensor technology. She teaches interactive design and interactive textile, curated for the Media Art Festival Friesland and has co-organized the SOFT symposium at The Royal Academy of The Hague in the Netherlands. She is one of the main developers of the e-textile / wearable technology lab ‘WEtec’ recently implemented at the Royal Academy of the Hague. Her artistic work has been exhibited in Singapore, Germany, The Netherlands other European countries.

Sessions with Anja Hertenberger

Anja Overdiek

Anja Overdiek is a senior researcher and leads the ‘Retail Innovation Lab’ at The Hague University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. Coming from critical management studies, her special field is design- and consumer-driven (social) innovation and creative entrepreneurship. She holds a PhD in Political Sciences from Freie Universität Berlin (Germany) with a study on Social Movements’ influence on academic knowledge production.

Sessions with Anja Overdiek

Anna Soisalo

Anna takes a lead in helping her innovation clients transform their businesses and bottom lines through a design-led approach. She is passionate about using design to create engaging customer experiences and making change happen. She loves defining strategic direction, innovation approaches and engaging organizations in transformative work. Her happiness involves ruffling feathers, pushing thinking and working with bright minds.

Sessions with Anna Soisalo

Anton Vanhoucke

Anton Vanhoucke is a tinkerer, engineer, hacker and strategist at Fabrique, one of the most famous strategic design agencies in the Netherlands. Anton likes to combine both hardware and social engineering. He loves to figure out what makes people tick as much as what makes machines tick. Together this generates the currency of our times: behavioural change. Anton is also a scrum and lean startup trainer. In this capacity he makes sure great ideas don’t just stay ideas but get out there and make it to the market.

Sessions with Anton Vanhoucke

Arinda van der Meer

Arinda did her degree in International Business Administration at the University of Maastricht. After a short career in the Netherlands, she went on to live and work in several other countries, including a 3.5-year run in Aruba, where she was working for the local Dutch Embassies. After having lived abroad for nine years, Arinda has now returned to The Hague, putting her international experience to good use at West Holland Foreign Investment Agency. This organisation is devoted to attracting international businesses and NGO’s to the city of The Hague. Besides her work for the WFIA, Arinda has greatly enjoyed rolling out the Startup-in-Residence scheme for the city of The Hague, which she hopes will innovate the city even further and help young entrepreneurs to grow.

Arn van der Pluijm

Arn van der Pluijm is an industrial designer working in the field of man-city interaction. He focuses on design projects within the context of urban development: communication, research, design and creative collaboration. Initiator of Haagse Makers, the platform for resourcefulness in The Hague; anyone in The Hague should be able to make what he/she dreams about.
Haagse Makers are bringing Awesomeness to the city with Awesome The Hague. The crowdfunding night where 1 of the 4 pitchers can receive a no-strings-attached micro grant of €1000,- for the most awesome idea.

Sessions with Arn van der Pluijm

Arno Wielders

Arno Wielders is the co-founder and chief technical officer of Mars One. He currently divides his time between Mars One and working at the European Space Technology and Research Centre (ESTEC) of the European Space Agency as a payload study manager for new planetary mission studies.

Sessions with Arno Wielders

Bayo Akomolafe

Bayo Akomolafe (PhD) left a teaching position as a professor and clinical psychologist in a Nigerian university to pursue “a small and intense life” outside the highways of the familiar, outside of fences. Author, speaker, poet, lover and father, he is Chief Curator of The Emergence Network, whose core question is “What if the way we respond to crisis is part of the crisis?”

Sessions with Bayo Akomolafe

Bernice Bartling

Gather is an initiative by Bernice Bartling, stylist, designer and collector and Danny van Heusden, entrepreneur, communications officer and connector. Gather is an emerging ecosystem of designers, new brands, artists, creative craftsmen and makers. Together with social entrepreneurs, specialists, students and people who reintegrate. With this experiment, they inspire traditional companies, organizations and institutions and invite them to build an economy and society based on collaboration and sharing.

Photo by Michel Mees

Sessions with Bernice Bartling

Beth Healey

Beth is a UK trained doctor who has recently returned from Antarctica where she was working as research MD for the European Space Agency at spaceflight analogue Concordia ‘White Mars’. A fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and patron of Expedition Medicine with an interest in polar environments she has worked as part of logistical and medical support teams for ski mountaineering expeditions and endurance races in Svalbard, Greenland, Siberia and at the North Pole.

Sessions with Beth Healey

Bob Hendrikx

The technology to fight climate change is there, but then how come not everyone is using it? In this frustration lies the passion of Bob Hendrikx. This TU Delft Architecture student is eager to make sustainable housing accessible for everyone.

Sessions with Bob Hendrikx

Brian Dillon

Brian Dillon is a writer and critic. His books include Essayism, The Great Explosion, Sanctuary and Objects in This Mirror. His writing has appeared in the Guardian, New York Times, London Review of Books and Artforum. He is an editor at Cabinet magazine, and teaches at the Royal College of Art, London.

Sessions with Brian Dillon

Charles Stross

Charles Stross, 52, is a full-time science fiction writer and resident of Edinburgh, Scotland. The author of seven Hugo-nominated novels and winner of three Hugo awards for best novella, Stross’s works have been translated into over twelve languages. At Border Sessions he will present his most recent novel, ‘Empire Games’, which has been published by Tor in January 2017.

Sessions with Charles Stross

Charlotte Marabito

Charlotte is an artist and designer working and studying at the University of Arts Berlin. Her interests lay in investigating cultural values and human experiences through the intersections of design, art and technologies. Together with biology student Nana MacLean, Charlotte created the concept for Youterus – a wearable, external womb. It questions our heterosocial picture of motherhood and explores possible alternatives to pregnancy. The baby grows inside an external uterus, which makes it possible to share the experience of motherhood – detached from biological sex or aging of a person. With Youterus, Charlotte is speculating a possible future of total reproductive autonomy and wants to address ethical issues which we will have to ask ourselves about sooner or later.

Sessions with Charlotte Marabito

Chris Verhoeven

Chris Verhoeven is an associate professor in the department of microelectronics at the Delft University of Technology since 1999. His research interests are systematic analog design, RF circuits, adaptive radio systems, sensor electronics and avionics for drones, sounding rockets and nano-satellites. Since 2013 Chris Verhoeven is Theme Leader of the Swarm Theme of the TU-Delft Robotics Institute that does research on swarms of underwater robots, rovers, drones and nano satellites and that supports student research on controlled sounding rockets in the Korolev Lab of the institute. He is also Theme Leader of the Space Robotics Theme of the TU-Delft Space Institute, with a focus on micro propulsion and space born mechatronics.

Sessions with Chris Verhoeven

Danny van Heusden

Gather is an initiative by Bernice Bartling, stylist, designer and collector and Danny van Heusden, entrepreneur, communications officer and connector. Gather is an emerging ecosystem of designers, new brands, artists, creative craftsmen and makers. Together with social entrepreneurs, specialists, students and people who reintegrate. With this experiment, they inspire traditional companies, organizations and institutions and invite them to build an economy and society based on collaboration and sharing.

Photo by Michel Mees

Sessions with Danny van Heusden

Dave Hakkens

Dave Hakkens is a 28 year old designer from the Netherlands. He lives and works in a place called Helmond. Although he is trained as a industrial designer, he also loves to build machinery and videos. His goal is simple: “try to make the world better by making things”, whether it’s an inspirational video, machines to recycle plastic or a phone concept. It doesn’t really matter, as long as it might push the world in a better direction he is interested. Together with an online community Dave starts working on global issues that at first seem impossibly large to fix. They simply try.

Sessions with Dave Hakkens

David Hamers

David Hamers is a Reader in Places and Traces at Design Academy Eindhoven and a Senior Researcher for Urban Areas at PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency in The Hague (the Netherlands). He was trained as a cultural theorist and economist, and obtained his PhD (2003) at Maastricht University’s department of Philosophy. He is author of numerous books and articles focusing on the development, design, and use of space within and around the city. Recent publications include Trading Places: Practices of Public Participation in Art and Design Research (2017), Cities in Europe / Cities in the Netherlands (2016), De innovatieve stad (2016) and Design Academy Eindhoven’s lexiconofdesignresearch.com. In addition to his work as a researcher he acts as a guest lecturer at several universities and art and design schools.

Sessions with David Hamers

David Peck

David Peck, Senior Research Fellow, TU Delft, faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, researches and teaches in the field of circular cities and critical materials. Based on his historical research into past material scarcity events, David’s research proposes the adoption of a circular approach to design in cities.

Sessions with David Peck

David Rickard

David Rickard is a New Zealand-born artist who lives and works in London, UK. After obtaining a degree in Architecture, he went on to study Art at Accademia di Brera in Milan and Central Saint Martins in London. His original architectural studies have had a lasting impact on his art practice, deeply embedding queries of material and spatial perception into his work. Through a process-based practice, his works investigate the inherent material properties of our surroundings and the spatial relationships between people, objects and architecture.​​

Sessions with David Rickard

Elisabeth Minnemann

Elisabeth Minnemann is the Director of International Affairs at the municipality of The Hague since September 2015. From 2009 to 2015 Elisabeth Minnemann was director at the Rotterdam University for the Institute for Management Education and the Institute for Business Education. For the municipality, she is responsible for advancing the city’s identity and profile as the international city of peace and justice.
Her ambition, as Director of International Affairs, is to make The Hague an attractive location for all organizations involved in peace, justice, and humanitarian efforts by stimulating innovation in those sectors. One of the many projects she is responsible for is the The Hague Humanity Hub.

Sessions with Elisabeth Minnemann

Erik van der Rijt

Erik studied History and Political Science (International Relations) at the University of Nijmegen, after which he dedicated himself to economic city planning in The Hague. For five years, he worked on the conception and development of the safety cluster The Hague Security Delta, and over the last 2.5 years, he has been responsible for the urban economics of the municipality of The Hague, an office that includes issues such as Tourism, Events, Conferences, Marketing, the Catering Industry, SME and of course the start-up scheme Impact Economy. He envisions The Hague as Impact City, an ideal breeding ground for startups that consider ‘doing good and doing business’ to be of paramount importance.

Erik Zepka

Erik Zepka (ek rzepka, erik hoff zepka, xoxoxcom, xoxlabs) is a conceptual media artist, scientist and researcher whose work looks at science and technology from a social and aesthetic perspective. This work takes the form of digital art, material art, and social events. He has been medical researcher in a number of disciplines including Genetics, Immunology, Chemistry, Pathology and Environmental Health and has a degree in Philosophy and Science. Projects have been shown and published at Videographe, the Whitney Museum, Furtherfield, ISEA, the Nabi Museum and Tate Modern. He is a co-founder of the Open Science Network and has engaged in a number of collaborations with other artist-researchers such as Stelarc and Pauline Oliveros.

Sessions with Erik Zepka

Erika Koehler

Erika currently works as manager economic diplomacy at The Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Goal of this diplomacy is to support Dutch entrepreneurs abroad and to make The Netherlands known as top innovator, finding solutions to global challenges with partners worldwide. Previously Erika was in charge of the Innovation Expo, the largest innovation event in The Netherlands that showcased 200 of such solutions to global challenges. More than 5000 visitors attended this expo, amongst which 600 foreign investors and 48 ministers from all over the EU. The event won the international silver award for ‘best trade show 2016’. Erika has been a diplomat for the Foreign Ministry for 20 years now, working at the embassies in Pretoria and Washington DC, the Germany desk, the taskforce ICC and as speechwriter for the Minister of European Affairs. She completed a Master on International Law and studied Russian. Besides her work as a diplomat she works as a body mind coach. To her Spinoza is key. She sees sustainability not just as a technical solution for most of the global challenges we face, but as a new lifestyle: as scientist discover that it is not particles but interdependence that makes the world go round, humans are coming to realize they are co-creators.

Eva Blum-Dumontet

Eva Blum-Dumontet is a researcher for the London-based charity Privacy International, where she investigates surveillance and data intensive systems with a focus on the Global South. Recently, her research has been focused on smart cities. Prior to joining Privacy International, Eva worked as a journalist for the TV channel Arte.

Sessions with Eva Blum-Dumontet

Ewen Chardronnet

Ewen Chardronnet (Fr) is an author, journalist, curator and artist. Active in the field of space culturalization, with his last book exploring the establishment of the American space program (Mojave Epiphanie, Inculte, 2016). He has recently co-founded the Aliens in Green artists group and the art&science residency program at Roscoff Marine Station, France.

Sessions with Ewen Chardronnet

Eyal Weizman

Eyal Weizman is an architect and Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is a Global Scholar at Princeton University and a member of the board of directors of the Centre for Investigative Journalism. His books include Forensic Architecture, FORENSIS, Mengele’s Skull (with Thomas Keenan), The Least of All Possible Evils, and Hollow Land.

Photo by Paul Stuart

Sessions with Eyal Weizman

Francesca Miazzo

CITIES Foundation’s managing director and co-founder. Italian, she is based in Amsterdam, where she graduated from the University of Amsterdam’s Research Master’s Urban Studies. Francesca manages and coordinates CITIES’ initiatives, events, studies and projects, including the community-driven, local plastic and glass, textile and paper waste recycling scheme – WASTED. She is lead editor, curator, and co-author of “Farming the City”, “We Own the City” and “the Wasted City” publications.
Starting by asking people about their needs and ambitions, the WASTED project is an example on how to develop a shared solution for the global plastic recycling project. Francesca presents the vision and approach of CITIES Foundation, bringing people into urban development since 2008.

Sessions with Francesca Miazzo

Frank Kupper

Frank Kupper is assistant professor in science communication and public engagement at VU Amsterdam. He focuses on creative democracy as an approach to complex societal issues surrounding emerging technologies. His work centers on the development of methodologies and tools for the design and facilitation of playful reflection and science-society dialogue.

Sessions with Frank Kupper

Frans Blok

Frans Blok studied architecture at Delft University and specialized in computer-aided visualisation and artist impressions. He worked for renowned firms like OMA and Royal Haskoning before starting his own studio 3Develop in 2013. Space projects he worked on include the European Mars Analogue Research Station and the Moonvilla.

Sessions with Frans Blok

Fred van Beuningen

Fred van Beuningen is the Director at Clean Tech Delta, which collaborates with its partners: companies, universities and government to promote innovation in cleantech. Fred’s industry experience ranges from oil, chemicals and industrial gas to packaging, logistics and shipping. Fred held numerous leadership roles within leading international industrial companies as well as an entrepreneur, including Akzo Nobel (Corporate Director, Sustainability and Innovation), Eitzen Group (Vice President EMEA), Ahlers Logistics (CEO), Linde Gas (Executive Board Member Hoek Loos BV), Smurfit Kappa (General Manager), and Shell (Trading and Marketing Management). He also serves as a board member at the Young President’s Organisation (YPO) Sustainability Network as well as at the Erasmus University Center of Future Energy, among others. He was appointed as a member of the strategy group working on the Roadmap Next Economy with TIR (consultancy firm of Jeremy Rifkin), and serves on the investment advisory council of the Green Gateway Fund and on the Dutch ministerial bio renewable and business platform. He is also a Managing Partner of the Chrysalix RoboValley Venture Capital fund, which focuses on building a global braintrust around emerging technologies including intelligent systems and AI.

Sessions with Fred van Beuningen

Guido de Croon

Small, light-weight flying robots such as the 20-gram DelFly Explorer form an extreme challenge to Artificial Intelligence, because of the strict limitations in onboard sensors, processing, and memory. Guido de Croon tries to uncover general principles of intelligence that will allow such limited, small robots to perform complex tasks with his team at the MavLab of the TU Delft. His current research projects consists of swarms, optical flow control, DelFly and Evolutionary Robotics.

Sessions with Guido de Croon

Günter Seyfried

Günter Seyfried has a background in medicine and psychology, which he studied at the University of Vienna, and has strong links to the fine arts, digital art, and media art, having graduated from the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Department of Digital Art). He is teaching at the New Design University in St. Pölten, Department of Manual and Material Culture. He combines science and art education and develops projects as an independent artist, participating in national and international exhibitions and publications and performing various tasks for Biofaction, Vienna. He is a founding member of pavillon_35 — Gesellschaft für wissenschaftsbasierte Kunst.

Sessions with Günter Seyfried

Harmen van Sprang

Harmen van Sprang is a co-founder of shareNL. He’s an independent expert in the field of sharing economy. He advises startups, companies, cities, and (inter)national governments. Harmen is also one of the initiators of Amsterdam Sharing City and more recently of the global Sharing Cities Alliance. He is a global keynote speaker and already did 150+ presentations and workshops all over the world: from Paris to New York City, and from Toronto to Tokyo. Furthermore, he is the co-author of a business book called ‘Share.’ And he’s a spokesperson for the international press and has been interviewed 100+ times.

Sessions with Harmen van Sprang

Hella Hueck

Hella Hueck is an independent economic journalist. Having joined RTL News in 2004, Hueck covered numerous business stories as a reporter and presenter. She focusses on globalization the future of trade and the influence of technology on the way we think, work and shape society. Hueck is now working on the TV Series“ Stand van het Land” in cooperation with CBS, the Dutch statistical institute.

Sessions with Hella Hueck

Hendrik Jan Grievink

Hendrik-Jan Grievink is designer at Next Nature Network. As a follow-up to the Meat The Future project by Next Nature Network (2013–2016), he is now leading ‘Ectogenesis, Artificial Womb, Human Egg?’, a new research project that explores the potential impact of the artificial womb on biological reproduction, sexuality and relationships in the future. Hendrik-Jan regularly leads workshops and has recently launched the Pyramid of Technology workshop toolkit.

Sessions with Hendrik Jan Grievink

Henk Nijmeijer

Henk Nijmeijer is the Professor in Dynamics and Control, Department of Mechanical Engineering at TU Eindhoven with research interests in mechatronics, robotics, synchronization, automation and smart vehicles. He is the program leader of the 6 ME NWO project i-Cave: Integrated Cooperative and Automated Vehicles. His latest book Sensing and Control for Autonomous Vehicles (T.I.Fossen, K.Y.Pettersen, H.Nijmeijer, eds.) is recently published by Springer.

Sessions with Henk Nijmeijer

Henriette Bier

After graduating in architecture (1998) from the Technical University Karlsruhe, Henriette Bier has worked with Morphosis (1999-2001) on internationally relevant projects in the US and EU. She has taught digitally-driven design (2002-03) at universities in EU and since 2004 she mainly teaches and researches at the Technical University Delft (TUD) with focus on digitally-driven architecture. She is initiator and leader of the Robotic Building group and founding member of Delft Robotics Institute.

Sessions with Henriette Bier

Ikuo Yamamoto

Ikuo Yamamoto is professor at Nagasaki University, Japan (Graduate School of Engineering, Medical Science, and Organization for Marine Science & Technology).
Yamamoto has worked at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, JAMSTEC and as professor at Kyushu, Kitakyushu, and Nagasaki University. He was the leader of AUV ‘Urashima’, which established the world record for autonomous cruising in 2005 and developed ‘Kaiko, Suibot, Seabot, Raybot’, which was crowned champion at the World Convention four times. Yamamoto is the inventor of the first life-like robotic fish, seabream. His robotic fish took his first swim in the International Space Station in 2009. Over the past few years he developed over 16 type robotic fish, such as dolphins, shark rays, carps and tuna.

Sessions with Ikuo Yamamoto

Iohanna Nicenboim

Iohanna Nicenboim is a design researcher, focused on connected objects and their interactions in everyday life. Inspired by complex socio-technical systems and scientific imaginary, she explores poetical interactions with technology. She creates speculative futures and alternative presents in different scales and formats. Her practice often overlaps design, social science, and data; showing a critical and provocative approach towards technology, and the way it relates to society.

Sessions with Iohanna Nicenboim

Isabel Burr Raty

Isabel Burr R. is a filmmaker and performance artist researching the ontological crack between the native and the engineered. She is developing hybrid bio-artistic narratives that dig up chapters left out of history books, blur the limits between fiction and reality, and speculate about the memory of the future.

Sessions with Isabel Burr Raty

Jacob Lefton

Jacob is a freelance artist and Project & Communication Manager at Build Up. He has a decade of experience in the arts, writing, education, and community engagement. His varied work has included metalsmithing, film, animation, and interactive installation, as well as youth writing workshops, peacebuilding, game design, and social circus.

Sessions with Jacob Lefton

James Ehrlich

James Ehrlich is the Founder of ReGen Villages, a spin-off company inspired in part by Stanford research during the Solar Decathlon, and a UN Sustainability Brief co-authored by James Ehrlich, Professor Larry Leifer, Chris Ford (AIA) from the Stanford Center for Design Research on the future of tech-integrated real estate development in the built environment that powers and feeds self-reliant families.
James Ehrlich is also a Senior Technologist at Stanford University, Senior Fellow at Opus Novum consortium at NASA Ames and an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab at the Center for Design Research.

Sessions with James Ehrlich

Janjoost Jullens

Janjoost set his mind to innovations, developed his gut on the streets and now puts his heart in making beautiful things. Head first: with a master’s degree in human-technology interaction he has worked on innovation and sustainability strategies for over ten years. On a gut feeling: he was culturally shaped in an underground hiphop scene, throwing parties and exhibitions in Rotterdam. At heart: Janjoost is a storyteller, always looking for the kick and the core of complex matter. In Wolfpack he unites all three, making creative productions on stories of change. Janjoost is also regularly being commissioned for concepting, ghostwriting and creative consults.

Sessions with Janjoost Jullens

Jim Warnock

Jim Warnock studied Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia, and after almost a decade of working in sales for companies such as The Financial Times and Zegna, he took a job working for Human Rights Foundation to help them build their donor base and develop strategic partnerships.  He has found it an incredible opportunity to work with some of the bravest people on the planet who everyday struggle to make the world freer and more democratic.

Sessions with Jim Warnock

Jurriën Hamer

Jurriën Hamer wrote his dissertation at Utrecht University, on the topic of the political functions of fundamental rights. At the Rathenau Instituut he investigates how new technologies can both support and threaten our ideals. He specialises in questions of digitalisation, in particular the question of attaining a durable international cyber peace.

Sessions with Jurriën Hamer

Keith Evan Green

Keith Evan Green is professor of design and mechanical engineering at Cornell University (USA). His research focuses on addressing problems and opportunities of an increasingly digital society by developing meticulous, artfully-designed, robotic artifacts at larger scale. For Green, the built environment—furniture to metropolis—is the next frontier of computing. Keith Evan Green will present his latest book ‘Architectural Robotics: Ecosystems of Bits, Bytes and Biology’.

Sessions with Keith Evan Green

Kevin Driscoll

Kevin Driscoll studies the interplay between popular culture and computing. In his research, he explores and builds alternative models for platform governance and online community from what was used for the internet of the 1980s and 1990s. Recent projects examine dial-up BBSs in the US and Minitel in France. Kevin holds a position as assistant professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia.

Sessions with Kevin Driscoll

Kristi Kuusk

Kristi Kuusk graduated Information Technology BSc at the Tallinn University of Technology in 2005. She worked for four years as a project manager analyst, while at the same time pursuing creative studies. She acquired an MA degree in Fashion Design at the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2011. In 2016 Kristi presented her PhD project on craft and sustainability qualities in smart textile services at the Eindhoven University of Technology. The related collaborative design work was presented in various international exhibitions, shows and conferences. Since 2016 She works as an Associated Professor (0,5) in textile futures at the Estonian Academy of Arts.

Sessions with Kristi Kuusk

Lana Swartz

Lana Swartz was a post-doctoral researcher at the Social Media Collective of Microsoft Research New England and a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Today she is an assistant professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. Most of her research is about money and other communication technologies. At Border Sessions, Swartz will talk about her co-edited book Paid: Tales of Dongles, Checks, and Other Money Stuff.

Sessions with Lana Swartz

Lija Groenewoud van Vliet

Lija and Rodolfo Groenewoud van Vliet founded In4Art in 2015. After working for six years as innovation managers and business developers for knowledge institutes, start-ups and corporates, they discovered that artists are one step ahead. At In4Art they believe that artists have the capacity to enable innovation.

Sessions with Lija Groenewoud van Vliet

Lotte Pet

Lotte Pet is art historian and artist, researching art as a means to gain knowledge within scientific and technological discourse. She focuses on the position of art in bioethical debates, while advocating its autonomous force. Currently, she is working at Leiden University as researcher and educational staff member and as editor at Mediamatic.

Sessions with Lotte Pet

Lucas Evers

Lucas Evers is curator Art, Science and Technology at Waag Society and initiator of the Open Wetlab. The Open Wetlab is a community laboratory for DIY biology, bio arts, bio design and bio engineering and brings artists, scientists and the public together, to make hands-on living probes, to investigate bio-sciences and its effects on society and ecology.
Apart from interactions between the arts, design and bio sciences he is also responsible for further creative interactions between the arts, technology and sciences initated by Waag Society. Lucas Evers studied art and social sciences (politics and public administration).

Sessions with Lucas Evers

Maarten Loonen

Maarten Loonen is a senior lecturer at the Arctic Centre, University of Groningen. As a biologist, he has been researching barnacle geese on Svalbard, Norway, since 1990. Each summer, he spends two months at the biggest international reseach base in the world, where he coordinates science and logistics at the Dutch Research Station. He is an expert in North Pole ecology as well as a collector of time series for individually branded geese, Arctic terns, grass growth, predators, insects and water fleas. With these long time series from 79 degrees north latitude, he works 1,900 miles north of the Netherlands, at around 600 miles from the geographical North pole. During the summer, the sun does not set there, and the temperature is rising at three times the measured rate in the Netherlands. Consequently, climate change plays an important role in his research, but he has also made emphatic contributions to the discourse through a passionate appeal to execute the Paris climate accord.

Sessions with Maarten Loonen

Manuel Beltrán

Manuel Beltrán is an artist, activist, and researcher. His artworks have been featured in museums and galleries in The Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, Germany, Serbia, Italy, France, Austria and Poland. He researches and lectures on contemporary art, activism, contemporary social movements, post-digital culture and new media. As an activist, he was involved in the Indignados movement in Spain, the Gezi Park protests in Turkey and several forms of independent activism and cyber-activism in Europe and beyond. In 2012 he co-founded the art collective Plastic Crowds, since 2013 he is head and co-founder of the nomadic school and artistic organization Alternative Learning Tank and in 2015 founded the Institute of Human Obsolescence. Beltrán lives and works in The Hague.

Sessions with Manuel Beltrán

Marek Tuszynski

Marek Tuszynski, Creative Director and co-founder of Tactical Tech, produces creative and social interventions that span various media, from film and radio to television, books, exhibitions and, of course, the web. For the past two decades, he has been working at the nexus of technology and politics, information and activism and the consequences of living in a quantified society. Marek’s most recent documentary series for Tactical Tech, Exposing the Invisible explores the digital tools and tactics that now enable evidence based activism to thrive on an unprecedented scale.

Marek is also co-founder of the creative agency Tactical Studios, co-curator of the exhibition Nervous Systems: Quantified Life and the Social Question and The Glass Room and co-author of the book Visualising Information for Advocacy. Currently working on a new radio show, a continuation of ecently concluded Love & Chaos that was produced for Berlin’s Reboot FM.

Sessions with Marek Tuszynski

Mariken Gaanderse

Mariken is a social entrepreneur who loves to develop, co-create and facilitate strategies and experiences that boost positive social change, a ‘broker’ between problems and problem solvers who gets the network connected. Currently she works at the intersections of social innovation, impact start-ups, advocacy and open, social and digital collaboration. She is a programme developer for the impact economy programme of the city of The Hague that aims to further develop a lively start-up environment in The Hague with a particular focus on impact start-ups creating societal and technological innovations with international outreach.

Mario Husten

Mario Husten is chairman of the Holzmarkt cooperative as well as the ‘Genossenschaft für urbane Kreativität’ (Cooperative for urban creativity), which focuses on sustainable urban development. He is a graduate of the University of Economics in East-Berlin and had a career as business and production plant developer across Eastern Europe for Gruner+Jahr, a leading European publishing house. Mario left Gruner+Jahr in 2006 to support start-ups in the Adriatic area. In 2010, he returned to Berlin together with his family and founded the cooperative founders network IdeenSchaffenWerte (Ideas create value).

Sessions with Mario Husten

Mark O’Connell

Mark O’Connell is a writer based in Dublin. His book, To Be a Machine: Encounters With a Post-Human Future, will be published this year.

He is Slate’s books columnist, a staff writer at The Millions, and a regular contributor to The New Yorker’s “Page-Turner” blog; his work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Observer, and The Independent. He is also the author of the Kindle Single Epic Fail: Bad Art, Viral Fame, and the History of the Worst Thing Ever (Byliner/The Millions).

He has a PhD in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin, and in 2013 his academic monograph on the work of the novelist John Banville, John Banville’s Narcissistic Fictions, was published by Palgrave Macmillan. He was an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow from 2011 to 2012 at Trinity College, where he taught contemporary literature.

Sessions with Mark O’Connell

Martine van den Heuvel-Greve

Mrs. Van den Heuvel-Greve holds an MSc in Marine Biology with a specialisation in Ecotoxicology. Her research is focused on effects of human activities on estuarine and marine environments. She is a project leader since 2002 coordinating both scientific projects and advice to government and industry. She conducted multiple field work expeditions in polar regions (both Antarctica and Svalbard). She coordinates Arctic Research & Development within Wageningen University & Research.

Sessions with Martine van den Heuvel-Greve

Mary Maggic

Mary Maggic is an artist-biologist practicing in civic biosciences, open source organisms and tools, and how to deploy them. Her projects explore the biopolitical nature of new biotechnologies, their roots in society and transhumanism, and the question of who gets emancipatory access. Since 2013 she has partnered with a filmmaker to produce a documentary web-series on “bio-art” and emerging communities in DIYBio. The web-series DIYSECT hopes to initiate conversations on the rapid effect of biotechnologies on our society. Her most recent work involves gender-hacking, estrogen synthesis/mutagenesis, and promises of “significant otherness.” She is currently pursuing her masters in Media Arts and Sciences at MIT Media Lab, Design Fiction research group.

Sessions with Mary Maggic

Masayuki Sono

Masayuki Sono is a co-founding partner of Clouds Architecture Office based in New York. He holds Masters Degrees from University of Washington and Kobe University. Masa has worked on diverse projects ranging from urban-scale cultural complexes to public arts. He has taught at Pratt Institute and lectured at the University of Tokyo. His recent awards include first place in NASA’s Mars Habitat Challenge, and consecutive AIA Honor awards for completed projects in New York City. Masa’s explorations focus on design of experiential qualities of the buildings that surround us, as well as research-based concepts that test architectural inhabitation of outer space.

Sessions with Masayuki Sono

Matteo Consonni

Matteo Consonni is managing the Venture Academy at Centre for Innovation Leiden University. He is founder of Rose, software agency focusing on projects with social impact and innovation advisor for DistributionAdvice, international consulting firm specialized in business development and funding. Matteo is also ambassador and jury member for European Youth Award and World Summit Award.

Sessions with Matteo Consonni

Meron Estefanos

Meron Estefanos is an Eritrean human rights activist. She is the host and presenter of Radio Erena’s weekly program known as “Voices of Eritrean Refugees,” aired from Paris. Ms Estefanos is also the Executive Director of the Eritrean Initiative on Refugee Rights (EIRR), an advocacy organization for the rights of Eritrean refugees, victims of trafficking, and victims of torture. She is co-author of the following books ” Human Trafficking in the Sinai: Refugees between Life and Death” and ”Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond.” Ms Estefanos received certificate of appreciation from ORR (U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement), was honored by Amnesty International and the Movies that Matter Festival for her roll in the film “Sound of Torture“. She is also a recipient of the 2015 “Earth Angel” Award of the ACAT Foundation and winner of the 2011 Dawit Isaak Prize. Ms Estefanos was nominated for the 2014 UNHCR Nansen Award by the US State Department PRM Office and was also nominated for the 2014 Raoul Wallenberg Award for her work on human rights and victims of trafficking.

Sessions with Meron Estefanos

Michel van Pelt

Michel van Pelt works as an engineer for the European Space Agency (ESA) and has authored several space books, of which “Rocketing into the Future” is the most recent. He is also an editor and writer for the Dutch space magazine “Ruimtevaart”.

Sessions with Michel van Pelt

Nana MacLean

Nana MacLean studied Biology at UvA Amsterdam and is currently working on her Master research in Geomicrobiology at GFZ Helmholtz Center for Geosciences in Potsdam. During her studies, she developed a special interest for future ecologies and projects that try to cross borders between disciplinary styles and methods.
Together with UDK design student Charlotte Marabito, Nana created the concept for Youterus – a wearable, external womb. It questions our heterosocial picture of motherhood and explores possible alternatives to pregnancy – detached from biological sex or ageing of a person. With Youterus, she is collecting stories from the future, navigating in a possible society where pregnancy exists detached from the fertile female body.

Sessions with Nana MacLean

Nicole Bacchus

Nicole Bacchus is Associate Strategy Director based in Smart Design’s New York studio. As a true left-and-right-brain thinker, she engages her strong business background and passion for human insight to turn break-through ideas into reality. With a knack for unleashing “commercial creativity” in design and innovation, Nicole has most recently focused her attention on rethinking the cannabis industry through Smart’s High Design Makeathon. Her fresh thinking about the importance of design-centric solutions has been featured in publications including Fast Company and PSFK.

Sessions with Nicole Bacchus

Ostap Rudakevych

Ostap Rudakevych is a registered architect and co-founding partner of Clouds Architecture Office. Additionally, he works as a lecturer at Pratt Institute and has been an invited critic at various universities. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His most recent awards include first place in NASA’s Mars Habitat Challenge, and consecutive AIA Honor awards for completed projects in New York City. His speculative work, which strongly engages the atmosphere, has been exhibited and published all over the globe.

Sessions with Ostap Rudakevych

Pawel Pokutycki

Pawel Pokutycki (PL) is an interaction designer, researcher and lecturer at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague and Design Academy Eindhoven, The Netherlands. He is a core member of the Alternative Learning Tank (ALT), a nomadic school and artistic organization that focuses on research, creation and implementation of educational programs in progressive and radical fields of knowledge that regular educational institutions often overlook.

Sessions with Pawel Pokutycki

Pete Wu

Pete Wu is a (freelance) journalist and editor, writes about identity, emancipation, the media, and the little man, and has worked for, among others, Brandpunt+, VICE, de Volkskrant, NOS, VPRO, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Mindshakes and Quest.

Sessions with Pete Wu

Peter Frase

Peter Frase is a member of the editorial board of Jacobin magazine. He writes on technology, labor, and politics. During Border Sessions he will present his first book, Four Futures, Life after capitalism, about the use of robots in our society and its opportunities and threats in the future. Or as the Guardian headlined its review: will robots bring utopia or terror?

Sessions with Peter Frase

Pieter van Boheemen

Pieter is a hacker, artist, engineer, researcher and teacher driving forward Free & Open Source Technologies as a catalytic agent for social innovation. He leads the Open Wetlab, Open Design Lab and Fablab Amsterdam at Waag Society. He is an expert in biological technology, an award-winning entrepreneur and world-renowned speaker on Biohacking and DIYBio.

Sessions with Pieter van Boheemen

Richard Ruiterkamp

After a scientific career ranging from Biochemistry to Astrophysics, Richard Ruiterkamp came up with technology that could change the role of wind energy. At Delft University he studied autonomous tethered drones for renewable energy production and founded Ampyx Power in 2008 to develop a commercial Airborne Wind Energy product.

Sessions with Richard Ruiterkamp

Rinie van Est

Rinie van Est identifies new developments at the convergence of science, technology, politics and society at the Rathenau Instituut. He focusses on emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive science. The combination of these disciplines, known as the ‘NBIC convergence’, is likely to bring about a new technological ‘wave’, reshaping our future with major developments such as synthetic biology, Ambient Intelligence and virtual worlds.

Sessions with Rinie van Est

Rob Ruts

As a visual artist, theatre maker, filmer and part of the The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS) Rob Ruts is ‘quartermaster urban innovation laboratories’. These labs provide for the opportunities to bring people together and start tinkering and experimenting with urban challenges such as energy transition, inclusive and community based circular economies, citizen’s participation in law enforcement, polarisation and differing views on what is just. He is also knowledgeable in dealing with intractable urban issues and controversies, with an emphasis on matters related with safety and security. Rob takes art as a source of representations of these matters, issues and controversies that inspire people to dive into them rather than circumvent them as nasty things.

Rodolfo Groenewoud van Vliet

Lija and Rodolfo Groenewoud van Vliet founded In4Art in 2015. After working for six years as innovation managers and business developers for knowledge institutes, start-ups and corporates, they discovered that artists are one step ahead. At In4Art they believe that artists have the capacity to enable innovation.

Sessions with Rodolfo Groenewoud van Vliet

Roland van Dierendonck

Roland van Dierendonck is researcher and maker on the border between science, art and technology. At Waag Society he came into contact with DIY Biology and worked on various citizen science projects in collaboration with Stanford University and Digi.Bio. He combines the academic and creative freedom of the MSc Media Technology in Leiden with his background in Biology; taught in the Biospace of the HKU and was part of several bio art projects. With Federico Muffatto he is developing biophil.es. Currently he is artist-in-residence at Metaal Kathedraal in Utrecht, where he conducts research on the topic of food.

Sessions with Roland van Dierendonck

Rosa María Payá Acevedo

Rosa María Payá Acevedo is a President of the Latin-American Youth Network for Democracy and a physicist. She graduated from the University of Havana and participated in Georgetown University’s Global Competitive Leadership Program and the Summer Institute on the Constitution. She is a pro-democracy activist and has led civil society activities in Cuba since 2009. Since 2013, Rosa has participated in several international forums such as the UN Human Rights Council or the European Parliament. She works to promote international solidarity with Cuba and to seek justice for the murder of her father Oswaldo Payá, winner of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize and 5-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee. She is currently the coordinator of Cuba Decide, an international campaign that seeks to carry out a plebiscite in favor of free and multiparty elections in Cuba for the first time in 67 years.

Sessions with Rosa María Payá Acevedo

Ryan Avent

Ryan Avent is a senior editor and economics columnist at The Economist, whose works has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Guardian among other places. After getting his his economics degree from North Carolina State University and an MCs in economic history from the London School of Economics, Avent became and economi consultant and industry analyst for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. His newest book The Wealth of Humans: Work and its Absence in the Twenty-First Century has been translated to Dutch as Werk in de 21e eeuw, published by Nieuw Amsterdam.

Sessions with Ryan Avent

Seppe Salari

Seppe is doing a MSc Plant Sciences at Wageningen UR. Along the way his interests grew broader than just plants. His dream is to turn organic waste back into food and create a food producing ecosystem. To accomplish that goal, he’s growing black soldier flies, strawberries, tilapia, and mushrooms in a small scale experimental system at home.


Sessions with Seppe Salari

Shubhendu Sharma

Shubhendu Sharma creates afforestation methods that make it easy to plant maintenance-free, wild and biodiverse forests.Today, his company Afforestt promotes a standardized method for seeding dense, fast-growing, native forests in barren lands.
Photo: Jyoti Kara

Sessions with Shubhendu Sharma

Siddharth Bannerjee

At the upcoming World Startup Factory session are going to talk about Scaling Together: How to overcome barriers in corporate-startup collaborations? with Siddharth (Sidd) Bannerjee, Startup and New Technology Analyst at Nesta, the UK’s Innovation Foundation.
Siddharth Bannerjee is a policy analyst at Nesta working on projects dedicated to fostering digital entrepreneurship, for example via the Startup Europe Partnership (SEP), and is co-author of Scaling Together, a report on improving startup-corporate collaboration.

Sessions with Siddharth Bannerjee

Sjoerd Louwaars

Sjoerd Louwaars is the founder of Centre for Innovation’s Changemakers Lab. He runs the Innovation, Co-creation and Global Impact Minor as well as the Venture Academy — the objective of the program is to better prepare students of The Hague for the next economy. The Centre for Innovation is dedicated to facilitate an entrepreneurial ecosystem that keeps the city of The Hague competitive in the 21st century.

Sessions with Sjoerd Louwaars

Špela Petrič

Špela Petrič (1980), BSc, MA, lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She was artist in residence at Waag Society and is now a fellow researcher. Her artistic practice combines natural sciences, new media and performance.
While working towards an egalitarian and critical discourse between the professional and public spheres, she tries to envision artistic experiments that produce questions relevant to anthropology, psychology, and philosophy. She extends her artistic research with art/sci workshops devoted to informing and sensitizing the interested public, particularly younger generations. She is a member of Hackteria and winner of the Bio Art & Design award.

Sessions with Špela Petrič

Taco Ekkel

Taco Ekkel is partner at Q42. He helps set out strategies and concepts for ambitious plans in connected devices, machine learning, and digital product platforms. Taco’s focus is turning cutting edge tech into friendly everyday products that make people smile.

Sessions with Taco Ekkel

Thieme Hennis

Thieme Hennis works as an independent educational researcher and consultant and is active in the field of circular systems and neighbourhoods. He is currently designing the transition of a local traditional market into a circular market, and leading the open source Border Labs #AstroPlant project to make local food in space a reality. He holds a PhD in education (educating/engaging youth at risk) and has a keen interest in self-managing and participatory systems.

Sessions with Thieme Hennis

Thijs Suijten

Thijs Suijten makes technology things at Q42. In his many years in tech he has created lots of new innovative products that improve people’s lives. Thijs specializes in great mobile user experiences for Android phones.

Sessions with Thijs Suijten

Tijmen Schep

Tijmen Schep is a technology critic and privacy designer who helps people understand and deal with data issues. He coined the term “Social Cooling” and “click fear”, and often speaks publicly about that ways in which our information society has unforeseen chilling effects on free speech and our willingness to take risks. An example is his presentation at TEDx 2006 in Utrecht.

He wrote the book “Design my Privacy” which is used by design academies across the Netherlands. He also co-founded SETUP, a Dutch non-profit that uses humor to explain data-issues to a wider audience. In the DIY NSA project they scraped together a database of all Dutch people from public online sources, promoting it as a ‘National Birthday Calendar’. Another example is “taste your status”, a coffee machine that offers you good or bad coffee depending on your area code. These projects have reached a wide audience, and have been presented at SXSW and CNN.

Sessions with Tijmen Schep

Tim van Deursen

Tim van Deursen is an engineer on a mission to make a positive contribution to the world. Tim wants to super charge high-tech efforts needed to solve big global challenges. He believes many such challenges we nowadays have can benefit from smart easy to deploy technology. Technology can and needs to be part of solving global challenges and therefore Tim created team “Hack The Planet” that aims to do exactly this.

Sessions with Tim van Deursen

Tom Hoenderop

Tom is passionate about location technology. He is managing the local map division in the Nordics & Benelux countries for HERE Technologies. Tom has graduated from the Radboud University, where he obtained a Master of Science in Business Administration degree. His passion lies in the location based services industry, that is why he has joined HERE Technologies which allows him to contribute to enabling an autonomous world for everyone.

Sessions with Tom Hoenderop

Tom Llewellyn

Tom Llewellyn is the Strategic Partnerships Director at Shareable.net, an award-winning news, action, and connection hub for the sharing movement. Born and raised in a small, sharing community in the San Francisco Bay Area, this lifelong commoner and story teller has coordinated the global Sharing Cities Network, MapJam and ShareFest campaigns, co-founded both PLACE for Sustainable living, in Oakland, and the Asheville Tool Library, and is the co-editor of the book, How to: Share, Save Money & Have Fun.

Sessions with Tom Llewellyn

Wieke Betten

Wieke Betten works as a concept developer at the Open Wetlab of Waag Society. She is currently finishing her PhD project at the VU University Amsterdam, studying the dynamics of how society frames and makes sense of synthetic biology in and through deliberative processes.

Sessions with Wieke Betten

Willem Besselink

Willem Besselink (1980, Venray/NL) is a Rotterdam based visual artist.
He studied fine arts, scenography and mathematics in Groningen, Berlin and Rotterdam, where he graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy in 2006.
As a visual artist he is fascinated by structures, patterns and systems that lie underneath daily occurrences. In his works, that vary from small drawings to large scale site-specific installations, he tries to visualise these structures.

Sessions with Willem Besselink